From the Grapefruit League to the Bush League
Dodgertown got a visit today from Prescott Bush, the uncle of current President George W. Bush and the brother of former president George H.W. Bush. Following a tour of Dodgertown, Bush got a chance to meet some of the Dodger players, including non-roster catcher Pat Borders (pictured), who has enjoyed daily political discussions with the Dodger beat writers (no joke).
As most of you probably know, the current president has baseball ties, having owned the Texas Rangers before becoming Governor of Texas.
The Dodgers have their own long history of presidential ties, as former Commanders In Chief like Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan have thrown out the first pitch at Dodger games in the past.
Prescott Bush picked a gorgeous day to visit Dodgertown, as the skies cleared up for workouts. In fact, it’s so nice that the front office staff is heading out to Holman Stadium for a softball game this afternoon – the L.A. Dodgers vs. the Vero Beach Dodgers.
Tomorrow, the real fun starts. We’ll be boarding a 7 a.m. bus to Jacksonville for an intrasquad game. It will be the first chance to watch players like Nomar Garciaparra and Bill Mueller compete in a Dodger uniform and they’ll be up against top Dodger prospects like Chad Billingsley, Andy LaRoche and the rest of the players that helped the Suns win the Double-A Southern League championship last season. We’ll post some results on this blog tomorrow as soon as they’re available.